Doriopsis pecten (Collingwood, 1881)

Distribution: 

Uncommon to rare in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Found throughout the Indo-West Pacific region.

Ecological Notes: 

Often found near or under rocks in rock pools and shallow water to a depth of 15 m. Feeds on blue sponges.

Additional Notes: 

Highly variable colouration from green and deep blue to almost black. The gill arrangement is unusual being in a transverse line across the back rather than a typical dorid circle. There is a semicircular flap covering the gill opening which is characteristic of this genus. Grows to 16 mm.

References: 

Undersea Jewels, A colour guide to nudibranchs, Gary Cobb and Richard C Willan. Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra, 2006. P. 183.

Australian Museum, Sea Slug Forum. http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/dorigran. Accessed 03/08/18.